20 Days
Duration
Max 12
Group Size
Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland
Location
Accommodated
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20 Days to discover Kruger, Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal and our neighbouring country Lesotho to end in Cape Town.

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Look out for the big and small five while on safari in Kruger National Park and wind down at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where zebra and warthog are likely to casually wander into your camp. On this trip, you will travel through the warm sub-tropical climate of the Durban area to the majestic Drakensberg range and the spectacular sandstone formations of Golden Gate Highlands National Park, marvel at the beauty of Lesotho; the Mountain Kingdom, look for elephants in Addo Elephant National Park and rare birds in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Taste wine in Stellenbosch and explore the bustling city of Cape Town.  With time to explore on your own, you’ll soak up the beauty and diversity of South Africa. Several nights of comfortable accommodation and transport in a smaller Premium Sprinter / Premium Overland Safari Vehicle, ensure that you’ll get close to the land and experience the best this region has to offer.

Tour Price: US$3624.00
Solo Room Supplement: US$608.00

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Kruger, Swaziland, Lesotho and Garden Route Premium Accommodated Adventure

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Group Size: Max 12
Days: 20
Start: Johannesburg
End: Cape Town
Distance: 3710km
Transport: Mercedes Sprinter
Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel (7 nts), Bungalow/Lodge (12 nts)
Entrance Fees: Kruger National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Diaz Museum, Table Mountain National Park, Boulders Beach
Activities: Game drives in Premium Sprinter / Premium Overland Safari Vehicle, St. Lucia – Boat Cruise, Afternoon and Morning Game Drive in  Sprinter / Premium Overland Safari Vehicle in Addo Elephant National Park, Diaz Museum Tour, Wine Tasting Tour, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach
Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

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Day1

Johannesburg

Welcome to Johannesburg, also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of this fast-paced city. Book a day or two pre-tour to give you enough time to explore to the fullest. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop. For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city has to offer.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: Explore City, Craft Market
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day2

Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Today you travel to the famous Kruger National Park, now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which forms with parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe a natural sanctuary for a huge variety of animals. Here they live a natural life where they must fend for food and territory the same way they did for thousands of years. Here they can start following ancient migratory routes again because fences are coming down between these parks. En route to your campsite, enjoy a game drive in your Premium Sprinter / Overland Safari Vehicle and get ready to spot hippo, giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion, and many other species in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas. You’ll have the option to book an open vehicle night game drive if available.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive included in your Premium Sprinter / Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Open Vehicle Night Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: Kruger National Park

Day3

Kruger National Park

Enjoy another full day’s game drive in Kruger National Park, with approximately 2,000 plant, 53 fish, 34 amphibian, 118 reptile, 517 bird and 147 mammal species ready for you to discover. You will experience first-hand why Kruger National Park is known as the flagship of South African national parks. In the evening, back at camp you can sit around a campfire with your sundowner and enjoy the African night sounds drifting into the camp area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive with Premium Sprinter/ Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive, Night Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: Kruger National Park

Day4

Kruger National Park to Swaziland (Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary)

Another day and another country, this time entering Swaziland, a tiny country, landlocked within South Africa.  After a final game drive in Kruger, we continue to Swaziland for two nights at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The journey is just as rewarding as the destination, driving along rolling green hills, vast sugarcane plantations and countless mango trees. En route we will stop at some of the local markets where you can buy colourful batik or beaded jewellery, amongst others.  Arriving at Mlilwane you will soon feel comfortable and at home in your “beehive village” – traditional grass huts on the outside but all western comfort on the inside. Sometimes animals such as zebra, impala and warthog casually wander into the premises, giving you the opportunity for that unique picture!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive AM with Premium Sprinter / Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Mountain Bike Rentals, Self-Guided Hikes, Horse Riding
Entrance Fees Included: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Day5

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Known as Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area that covers 4,560 hectares, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to experience some of Africa’s wildlife while on either the back of a horse, bicycle or on foot. Since there are no big predators, you will be safe to walk around and just enjoy the beautiful landscapes and pure, fresh air. Besides all the optional wildlife activities, you can also enjoy a hands-on cultural experience by visiting one of the local tribes. Learn more about the secrets of this small kingdom, such as the traditional but controversial annual reed dance where the king has the opportunity to choose a new wife.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Mountain Bike Rentals, Self-Guided Hikes, Horse Riding
Entrance Fees Included: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Day6

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to St Lucia

Today we drive through Swaziland in a southern direction and enter South Africa again. We continue towards the Indian Ocean and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands, also known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO recognized area includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands supporting a wide variety of animal, bird and marine life. Included in your tour is an afternoon sunset boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, one of the largest in Africa. You can expect to see hippo, Nile crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Boat Cruise
Activities Optional: Game Drives, Guided Hikes, Boat Tours, Snorkeling, Bird Watching, Fishing
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day7

St Lucia

Start your day early with an optional open vehicle game drive through Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve known for its Save the Rhino campaign and of course trying your luck at finding the big five. This game reserve used to be a prime royal hunting ground for the Zulu king, King Shaka but now it is a protected area teaming up with a huge variety of fauna and flora. Other optional activities available in St. Lucia are night drive safaris, snorkeling, birdwatching, fishing and much more.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Game Drives, Guided Hikes, Boat Tours, Snorkeling, Birdwatching, Fishing
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day8

St Lucia to Umhlanga Rocks (Durban)

Travel further south along the coast to Umhlanga Rocks, a holiday resort village on the coast. Umhlanga offers the best of two worlds, on one hand, you have everything that a city offers and on the other hand, you have the relaxed atmosphere of a holiday town. Make your choice from a variety of grill and seafood restaurants. Umhlanga is the “getting on” and “getting off” hub for people who have booked shorter “legs” of your combo trour. You might lose some of your travel companions and new people might join. You might also have a change of vehicle and adventure crew (tour leader and driver.) Although it might sound a bit daunting, please be assured that your vehicle will be the same standard and your adventure crew are very experienced in dealing with these changes to make it as smooth as possible. All adventure crew are committed to give the best possible service but because all have their own style, own special recipes and own passion in regards with culture, fauna and flora, geology etc. having a change of adventure crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore City, Craft Market
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day9

Umhlanga Rocks (Durban) to Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Your tour will depart after breakfast. The journey takes you past Pietermaritzburg and Bergville before reaching the Drakensberg mountain range and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the early afternoon. Witnessing a sunset in this National Park will make you realize how fitting the name is. The magnificent sandstone cliffs take on all hues of gold and orange during sunrises and sunsets. Explore the numerous caves and shelters displaying San (Bushmen) rock paintings and spot wildlife such as mongoose, eland, zebra and over 100 bird species. Opt for a self-guided hike or simply relax at the campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Self-Guided Hikes
Entrance Fees Included: Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Day10

Golden Gate National Park to Lesotho (Malealea Lodge)

Travel to Lesotho, a small landlocked country in South Africa and home to the friendly Basotho people. Also, called the Kingdom in the Sky, or the Mountain Kingdom, Lesotho is the place where you can walk along spectacular mountain passes, cool your feet in icy cold mountain streams and fill your soul with the endless peace the endless mountains represent.
Once you have settled in, you have the afternoon and next day to just relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings or you can do some of the many exciting optional activities that Malealea offers. You can do a pre-school visit, village walk and vegetable garden visit, do hiking trails, pony treks or even visit a sangoma (traditional medicine man). For those who want to have a truly authentic experience, a homestay with a local family can be arranged.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Pre-School Visit, Village Walk and Vegetable Garden Visit, Hiking Trails, Pony Treks, Sangoma Visit, Homestay Experience.
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day11

Malealea Lodge

Sleep in or wake up early to enjoy the most of the fresh mountain air and one of the many optional activities. On the longer activities, such as horse riding or a hiking trail you might get the opportunity to wave at young herd boys in their traditional gumboots and blankets, and marvel at the remoteness of some of the round thatched roofed huts, nestled high against a mountain slope.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Pre-School Visit, Village Walk and Vegetable Garden Visit, Hiking Trails, Pony Treks, Sangoma Visit, Homestay Experience
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day12

Malealea Lodge to Graaff-Reinet

Journey to Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa. It’s a long drive but a comfortable bed awaits. The beautiful historical town of Graaff-Reinet boasts more national monuments than any other town or city in South Africa. Apart from museums, there are also several art galleries and craft shops to cater for the tastes of the artistically inclined. Once you arrive, you’ll have time to explore the town on foot and enjoy a meal at one of the many local restaurants. Hunt for culinary experiences, true to the area. Try Karoo lamb with its unique flavour coming from the Karoo bushes the sheep feed on, ostrich steak or boerewors, the juicy South African sausage. Round off your meal with sweet delicatessens such as koeksisters, melktert or the famous malva pudding.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore Town on a Self-Guided Walk
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day13

Graaff-Reinet to Addo Elephant National Park

From Graaff-Reinet you head south, traveling through the open semi-desert Karoo landscapes with its distinctive flat-topped hills or “koppies” and picturesque wind pumps in the distance. Our destination is Addo Elephant National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive, in your Premium Sprinter / Premium Overland Safari Vehicle or do an optional open vehicle game drive. Have your camera ready while looking for elephant, buffalo, lion, kudu, vultures and many of the hundreds other species of animals and birds.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive in Premium Sprinter/ Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Open Vehicle Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: Addo Elephant National Park

Day14

Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma National Park

After an early morning game drive, you will head to Tsitsikamma National Park which is located on the scenic Garden Route, the stretch of coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The national park covers large swaths of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos (natural shrubland). The climate is mild all year around, which lends itself to outdoor activities. Choose from self-guided hikes, black water tubing, Bloukrans bungee, a treetop canopy tour, abseiling and much more.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Morning Game Drive in Premium Sprinter/ Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Open Vehicle Game Drive, Self-Guided Hiking Trails, Canopy Tours, Kayaking, Bungee Jump
Entrance Fees Included: Tsitsikamma National Park

Day15

Tsitsikamma National Park

You have the day free to enjoy some optional activities from self-guided hikes, black water tubing, Bloukrans bungee, a treetop canopy tour, abseiling and much more. Take the short hike that crosses the famous hanging bridge across the dark and brooding Storms River or do the longer adventurous hike over boulders and through stretches of forest to a waterfall where the tannins from the trees colour the water dark reddish brown. Other trails offer the opportunity to search for the Knysna turaco (Knysna lourie) a beautiful blue and green bird if you want to tick some birds off your birding list.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Self-Guided Hiking Trails, Tree Top Canopy Tours, Kayaking, Bungee Jump
Entrance Fees Included: Tsitsikamma National Park


Day16

Tsitsikamma National Park to Mossel Bay

Today you take a short drive along the Garden Route, so named for the ecologically diverse vegetation found in the numerous lagoons and lakes along the coast. After settling in, visit the Diaz Museum, which features a 500-year-old Post Office Tree, a life-size replica of the Diaz Caravel, a shell museum and aquarium and an ethnobotanical garden. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day and evening free. You can enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby.
December, we re-route via Route 62, a spectacular drive through the Klein Karoo
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Diaz Museum
Activities Optional: Various
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day17

Mossel Bay to Stellenbosch

This morning we continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape. Stellenbosch is a town that became known as ‘The City of Oaks’ or ‘Eikestad’ in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of Oak trees planted by founder Simon van der Stel. Explore the town’s numerous curio shops, museums, coffee shops and restaurants all within walking distance.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore Town
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day18

Stellenbosch to Cape Town

Celebrate a great holiday with a wine tasting at one of the numerous wine farms that Stellenbosch is known for. This also offers an excellent opportunity to buy wine direct from the farm it was produced at and which you might not always find in supermarkets. Then continue to Cape Town, the most popular tourist destination in Africa. Settle in at your hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring this cosmopolitan city. Highlights include Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront & Aquarium, The Castle of Good Hope, Cape of Good Hope, Clifton’s 4th beach, Cape Malay Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Mostert’s Mill and the Groote Kerk. Overnight at the Breakwater Lodge close to the V&A Waterfront.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Wine Tasting
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day19

Cape Town

After breakfast, we depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level.  Cape of Good Hope is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six recognized floral kingdoms in the world. Despite being the smallest, it is regarded as the richest, mostly made up with Fynbos, the hard-stemmed and fine-leaved plants indigenous to the south-western corner of South Africa.  Little wonder the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The elegant Protea flower is probably the most famous of all fynbos species and the emblem of the national cricket team. After lunch, we visit a colony of the endangered African Penguin at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. Here you will be able to come quite close to these upright walking birds while they nest, swim, play and do the things penguins do every day.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach
Activities Optional: Table Mountain National Park – Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day20

Cape Town

Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Make sure to book extra days in Cape Town to make the best of all the delights this cosmopolitan city offers. Cape Town offers a staggering variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic delights, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. You can take a boat to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go up Table Mountain with a cable car to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.

 This Combo Tour is a combination of the following two Core Tours:
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Travel Dates JCL

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